Level up system security with these additional configurations to macOS extensions

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Kernel extensions and system extensions have always been invaluable due to their ability to extend the native capabilities of an operating system. However, the extent of their access can also be a source of concern.

At Hexnode, we have always been on the case to ease your load, and this time, we are back with a few enhancements to our macOS extensions to better help secure your devices. And here’s what to expect with the latest release:

Kernel Extensions:

  • Allow non-admin users to approve kernel extensions – Enabling this setting ensures that even standard users can approve additional kernel extensions from System Preferences > Security & Privacy.

System Extensions:

  • Add system extensions as a list – Allows you to upload system extensions as files with a .plist or .xml file type from the local storage.
  • Removable System Extensions – Allows you to specify the set of system extensions that are allowed to be removed from the device by the users themselves. These extensions too can be added as a list with .plist or .xml file type from the local storage.

These updates will be available on macOS devices with versions 12.0 and higher. And to get started, head over to Policy > macOS > Configurations and select Kernel Extensions or System Extensions based on your requirements.

As always, the update will be rolled out in batches, and it might take a while to reach you. In the meantime, feel free to check out our updated how-to guides on configuring kernel extensions and system extensions.

And if you run into any trouble or require our assistance, please feel free to reach out to us anytime. You can send us an email at support@hexnode.com or ping us here at Hexnode Connect.

Audrey Black
Hexnode UEM

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